When buying a used home you can run into many different problems. While considering the price, condition, location, and size, the following tips can ease your process of purchasing a new house:
Many houses have hairline cracks, showing that it is settling into position. However, large gaps reveal that there is a bigger issue with the foundation of the house. You should also look for sticking windows or doors, uneven floors, and window frames.
Take your time and pull back the curtains to inspect the window frames. Ensure that the windows slide easily. Sticking windows or doors could be due to foundation issues or poor installation.
Uneven Floors or Bouncy Floors
Place a marble on various areas of the floor of every room to check for uneven or bouncy floors. If you are buying an older house, you need to do more marble tests. At times, new houses aggressively settle and create a hump in the middle. Fixing deflections is challenging, as you will have to replace the existing floor. You will need to correct the support columns before finishing it to match the original flooring. If the floors are very uneven, you will have to do some foundation work.
You should inspect the kitchen and bathroom tiles. They should be even. Lazy tiling indicates that you should do multiple fixes.
The neighborhood creek may look picturesque during inspection but it can come cascading down your back door. As the weather becomes more unpredictable, you should consider the possibility of flooding when buying a new home. Otherwise, you will have to ensure your house against flood risk.
As you wander through an open house, you should discreetly open sink cabinets and bathrooms. Inspect water pipes and drains. Even small gray or black spots can indicate that the property may be having serious issues. You should also have a look at the caulking around faucets and tubs for black or gray spots. Besides, check for patches on the ceiling.
You don’t have to see standing water in the property to detect water damage. For instance, you may detect water damage through a musty odor.
Inspect the ceilings and walls for water lines. Maybe there is a leak or a burst pipe that has caused some internal damages. You should also check for exposed pipes in the laundry rooms and basement. Rust, leakages and water stains are also good indicators of water damage.
A freshly painted wall could either be an accent wall or a hiding deal breaker. Beware of sellers who mislead their clients by hiding patches of mold through painting.
Also, lift up the area rugs to inspect hardwood flooring for stains and pest damages.
If the house does not have proper interior ventilation, moisture will still around. This not only creates molds but also increases allergies.
You should also check if there is condensation on the doors, windows, or vents. Peeling paint around these structures also indicates moisture presence in the ceiling drywall and walls.
New Construction Homes
With all of these potential issues, there is one way to ensure that the house you are getting is up to par and of the best quality. Buying a new construction home can be one of the best options for anyone searching in the housing market. When you buy a brand new home you are able to ensure that you are the first person to live in the house and that there are no hidden problems.
Your home inspector will detect most of these defects. Furthermore, spotting these red flags helps you save time on houses that are not right for you. However to ensure that you are getting the best possible new home Contact us today. For more information or inquiries about what new construction homes are in your area.